I am a queer Warwickshire-based stage, screen and immersive director with a hidden disability. I'm Artistic Director of Liminal Stage Productions and Associate Learning Practitioner at the RSC, and was a Transform Clore Fellow in 2021.
I create formally ambitious stage, screen and immersive productions that explore the interplay between different media, genres & forms, and that interrogate alternative perspectives in order to tell urgent, powerful stories about what it means to be human.
The Royal Shakespeare Company seed-commissioned my live multi-camera Virtual Production (VP) show, Flex, a queer love story exploring disability as superpower
Industrial Light & Magic + Epic Games selected my company Liminal Stage Productions for a competitive 8-week VP training scheme funded by StoryFutures Academy
The Guardian hailed my ★★★★ “sharply directed and brilliantly eerie nailbiter”, GREY MAN: A Stage And Screen Experiment (commissioned by The Space and starring Kate O’Flynn), as the best digital theatre to stream in December 2022: https://www.liminalstage.com/greyman
In 2021 I undertook a year's Fellowship with the Clore Leadership Programme, investigating how to better join up the creative and digital industries. In 2019 I completed an Arts Council England-funded residency as 1st AD/2nd Unit Director on Katie Mitchell's live video production of ORLANDO adapted by Alice Birch at the Schaubuehne.
Previously, I trained at the RSC with Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, at Donmar Trafalgar, and at the Print Room with Lucy Bailey. My selection of award-nominated shows include my "exhilarating and provoking" & “technically inventive” (The Stage) HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL at Arcola (2015), my ACE-funded centennial adaptation of WOYZECK launching Omnibus (2013), and my "shrewd, searching production" of LOT AND HIS GOD played at The Print Room (2012) to critical acclaim.
I was the youngest founding Board member of Stage Directors UK, have been a Trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation, and regularly teach and direct at drama schools and universities across the UK.
FUNDRAISING & PRODUCING
I offer fundraising and producing consultancy services to individuals and organisations. I have 10 years' experience of fundraising for and producing small-to-medium-scale productions Off West End and on regional tour. My fundraising portfolio includes several grants of under £15k and over £15k from Arts Council England, over £52k from philanthropic sources across 3 years, £63k from Trusts & Foundations, and in excess of £22k from corporate and other sources. I have worked as a successful fundraiser for Chichester Festival Theatre (£39k), Stage Directors UK and the Directors Charitable Foundation (£7k), Omnibus Theatre (£30k), and my own company, Liminal Stage Productions (£182k).
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
I am an experienced workshop facilitator and education/community practitioner, with a vivid belief in the power of participation, active learning and practice as research. I am a long-term Education Associate Practitioner with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Workshop Facilitator/Stage Director with the Shakespeare Schools Festival. As Community & Education Officer at Chichester Festival Theatre, I designed and led workshops for a range of participants including: older adults in their 3rd and 4th ages, vulnerable adults (18-60+), HE students, FE students, secondary and primary pupils, young people who are NEET, international students, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. I have also worked as a Widening Participation Officer and Resident Tutor at the University of Warwick.
LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
Having been the youngest founding Board member of pioneering membership organisation, Stage Directors UK between 2014 and 2017, I now maintain a close relationship with this organisation through my work as an elected member of the Equity Directors & Designers Committee. I am also a former Trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation, the only UK charity dedicated to the welfare of directors in all media, through which I am especially passionate about widening access to, and the diversity of, the directing profession, and about promoting the exchange of skills, knowledge and contacts between stage and screen directors. I am interested in contributing to the governance and leadership of arts and culture organisations, and in contributing to interdisciplinary projects and centres.
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